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June 23, 2023

Washington DC Roundup

  • The U.S. Supreme Court handed down five opinions last week and four this week. NPR identifies the remaining cases that it is tracking. (One of them that concerned the Indian Child Welfare Act was decided last week in favor of the Indian tribes.)
  • Last week, OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs posted its Spring 2023 federal regulatory agenda. For your ease of reference, here is the HHS agenda
  • Healthcare Dive reports
    • “The group that advises Congress on Medicare policy released a new report Thursday [June 15] with recommendations on telehealth, overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans and site-neutral payments across some outpatient care settings.
    • “The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, included telehealth in the report to satisfy a mandate from Congress after virtual care surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth coverage under Medicare was limited before the public health emergency, and it was expanded to preserve access to care.
    • “The report found fee-for-service Medicare spending for telehealth care was $4.8 billion in 2020 and $4.1 billion in 2021, more than 30 times greater than 2019. Early findings show more telehealth use was associated with little change in quality, slightly improved access to care for some beneficiaries and slightly increased costs to Medicare.”
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